Pneumonia from Angiostrongylus vasorum infection in a red panda (Ailurus fulgens fulgens)

Patterson-Kane, Janet C., Gibbons, Lynda M., Jefferies, Ryan, Morgan, Eric R., Wenzlow, Nanny and Redrobe, Sharon P. (2009) Pneumonia from Angiostrongylus vasorum infection in a red panda (Ailurus fulgens fulgens). Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation, 21 2: 270-273. doi:10.1177/104063870902100219


Author Patterson-Kane, Janet C.
Gibbons, Lynda M.
Jefferies, Ryan
Morgan, Eric R.
Wenzlow, Nanny
Redrobe, Sharon P.
Title Pneumonia from Angiostrongylus vasorum infection in a red panda (Ailurus fulgens fulgens)
Formatted title
Pneumonia from Angiostrongylus vasorum infection in a red panda (Ailurus fulgens fulgens)
Journal name Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1040-6387
1943-4936
Publication date 2009-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/104063870902100219
Volume 21
Issue 2
Start page 270
End page 273
Total pages 4
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Formatted abstract
A 9-year-old, male, captive red panda (Ailurus fulgens fulgens) in an urban zoo in the United Kingdom presented with respiratory distress and weight loss. The animal was euthanatized, and a postmortem examination was performed. The lungs were diffusely consolidated with extensive mineralization. Microscopically, there was extensive obliteration of normal pulmonary architecture by sheets and coalescing nodules of partially mineralized fibrous tissue and granulomatous inflammation centered on large numbers of nematode larvae and eggs. First stage nematode larvae were isolated from lung tissue and were characterized as Angiostrongylus vasorum on the basis of their morphology and sequencing of the 18S ribosomal RNA gene and the entire second internal transcribed spacer. Although A. vasorum has previously been reported in red pandas in a zoological collection in Denmark, this study is the first reported case in the United Kingdom and occurs against a background of geographical spread and increased incidence of disease in domestic and wild canids. Angiostrongylus vasorum should be considered a differential diagnosis for respiratory disease in the red panda and taken into account when planning parasite and pest control programs for zoological collections.
Keyword Ailurus fulgens fulgens
Angiostrongylus vasorum
Heartworm
Pneumonia
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Veterinary Science Publications
 
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